A volcano has erupted for the first time in 250 years with experts warning hot volcanic rocks could be hurled as fas as 2km away.
Clouds of smoke and ash began spewing into the sky from Mount Io in Japan as authorities quickly banned access to the peak.
An evacuation has begun of all nearby mountain lodges, hotels and inns, although no reports of casualties or damage have been announced so far.
The eruption, which began on Thursday and is continuing for a second day, came with warnings from the Japan Meteorological Agency that volcanic rocks could be hurled as far as 2km - about 1.2 miles.
Mysterious 'unidentified squid' that appears to have horns and a billowing red cape spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.
Fascinating underwater video gives a rare insight into what lurks in the depths of New Zealand waters.
Rare footage, captured by researchers, shows the hub of activity more than 300 metres under water.
In the clip, partly filmed on a Baited Underwater Video System (BUV), creatures including hapuku, terakihi and hagfish can be seen swimming around the camera.
Savannah Boerjan and her husband Brandon say they were saved by their seatbelts after a tornado touched down and knocked their vehicle off a road near Mountainburg, Arkansas, on April 13.
Savannah said they had just purchased a camper van and were driving it home when the incident occurred.
She later shared photos of their damaged vehicle, and updated her Facebook friends on their condition: We are okay! My shoulder is a little sore but nothing seems to be seriously injured.
Brandon Boerjan honestly doesn’t have a scratch today, just some soreness.She also stressed the importance of their seatbelts, saying,Seatbelts helped save our lives.
We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t wearing them.According to Accuweather, Mountainburg was hit by a tornado-warned thunderstorm on Friday afternoon, with widespread damage reported around the town. Credit: Savannah Boerjan via Storyful
Moment avalanche cascades down mountainside in the French resort of Tignes.
Sunchaser Pictures captures the night sky above Los Angeles without the light pollution for the SKYGLOW project.
Terrifying moment a truck driver drives into a tornado in New Zealand.
A dad who witnessed a 16ft saltwater crocodile swallowing the tail of its 10ft freshwater rival whole has spoken of his shock.
Prison manager Bill Yan, 49, said he could hear bones chomping as the enormous creature chomped on the smaller reptile it had just killed.
The father-of-two captured the incident on camera while he was out fishing in the Daly River in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory with his son Mitchell, 16, on April 1.
Bill, who lives in Alice Springs but was visiting Darwin for the weekend, said: “We were cruising up the river and saw a big white thing floating down with a load of birds around it.
“We thought it was a fish but as we got closer we realised it was a section of a crocodile.
“Then we saw some splashing up the bank and saw this big saltie eating what was left of another crocodile that was floating down the river.
Between Bennett and Kiowa on County Road 53 there isn’t much excitement. So, when something is out of place, residents notice it right away.
Just ask local rancher and landowner Joanna Meston.
“We gathered up our cattle a few weeks ago to sort them and sell some of them and one of the bulls was missing,” Meston said.
She looked around and could see her bull wandering down by the Kiowa Creek, which runs through her property.
She let him go for the time being, but after a couple weeks of her bull being away from the herd she decided to go get him.
This incredible drone footage captures the scale of growth in a huge crack which is threatening to tear Africa in two.
The enormous crevice is already several miles long and now measures 50ft deep and 20 metres wide.
Appearing in Kenya, the crack has also led to potentially destructive seismic activity and caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway in in south-western Kenya to collapse.
Drone footage shows cars and people walking near the sunken earth, dwarfed by its sheer size.
Experts have predicted the crack will continue to grow over millions of years, allowing ocean water to flood in.
This is the moment streaming columns of ash and smoke rose above Hawaii's active Kīlauea volcano following intense rainfall.
Mick Kalber recorded the rare land spout phenomenon aboard a Paradise Helicopter flight over the lava fields at sunrise.
He said: "A pink rainbow, amazing landspouts and a veritable plethora of lava flows made for a spectacular lava overflight this morning.
"We have often seen water spouts at the ocean entry but this morning, due to a head downpour on the 61G flow and the right wind and heat conditions, several vortices [land spouts] appeared just above the Pali. These dramatic, unusual formations look like mini tornadoes, but spin much less quickly."
The bright red “tentacles” confirmed it wasn’t a species of bird, but thanks to the people of the internet, the woman was finally able to find the answer. But it was the furthest from what she was expecting.
Everyone knows what causes yellow snow - but what about orange?
Pictures of the unusual phenomenon have been posted on social media from people in Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Moldova, after their neighbourhoods were left looking like the surface of Mars.
But it isn't a sign of the coming apocalypse - the answer can be found in a terrifying weather event.
Dust storms currently raging across Southern Europe are shifting sand from the Sahara desert northwards - leading it to mix with the cooling water in colder climes.
As a result, orange sandstorms have rolled across Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.
Anglerfish, with their menacing gape and dangling lure, are among the most curious inhabitants of the deep ocean.
Scientists have hardly ever seen them alive in their natural environment.
That’s why a new video, captured in the waters around Portugal’s Azores islands, has stunned deep-sea biologists.
It shows a fist-size female anglerfish, resplendent with bioluminescent lights and elongated whiskerlike structures projecting outward from her body.
And if you look closely, she’s got a mate: A dwarf male is fused to her underside, essentially acting as a permanent sperm provider.
Jake Eshpeter, a meteorology student at Mississippi State University, recorded the phenomenon and uploaded the footage to social media as the storm arrived
The horrifying moment a spider hunting wasp lay its eggs inside a paralysed spider has been shared by a woman who likened it to "sci-fi".
A poisoning its prey, the sinister creature drag s it into a burrow or hole where its eggs can mature and hatch safely.
Tarry Bell, 32, spotted the deadly attack in his kitchen in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal province, South Africa.
The shocked non-profit director said: "At first I could not believe what I was seeing as I naturally assumed that the spider had caught a wasp, then I realised it was the other way around.
"We see many weird and wonderful things here in Zululand but I must admit that this was quite an unexpected sight - especially in our kitchen in broad daylight.
A gigantic 'fountain of magma' has been discovered under the Yellowstone supervolcano, sparking fears that a deadly eruption could be imminent.
Magma plumes are unusual geological features that are found at the boundary between the Earth's core and the mantle. They rise through the mantle into the crust, creating a column of rising ash and debris.
The researchers that discovered the plume believe it could stretch all the way from Yellowstone in the state of Wyoming down to Mexico.
This news follows a spate of mini tremors in the area last week - which raised fears the supervolcano beneath the national park could be about to blow.
A timelapse of the Aurora filmed last night by a Twitter user in Scotland, still going strong at 1:40am.
Darwin has been battered by 130km/h winds as Tropical Cyclone Marcus sent trees flying through the streets and brought down powerlines, prompting the rescue of people from a sinking boat near the city.
The eye of the category two storm has now moved past the city but emergency services say it's still not safe to go outside.
Marcus is now headed towards the Timor Sea and is expected to hit Western Australia's Kimberley Coast on Sunday, bringing wind gusts of up to 150km/h.
Two gigantic solar flares erupting from the sun have been recorded by NASA.
The space agency has said the resulting solar storm could strike Earth tomorrow and may disrupt satellites and cause power outages in some places.
However, the charged particles that make up the solar storm could create stunning views of the Northern Lights as they interact with our atmosphere.
Timing is a crucial factor.
The arrival of the solar storm coincides with the formation of 'equinox cracks' in Earth's magnetic field, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 each year.
No one really knows what’s in the deep ocean in Antarctica. Now we have the technology to reach into the ocean depths, we accompanied scientist and deep-sea explorer Jon Copley and became the first to descend to 1000 meters underwater in Antarctica for Blue Planet II. The exotic creatures we found there will astonish you.
Classified as small eruptions on the Sun, these 2 bursts from Friday are still larger than our entire planet Earth!
Dramatic footage shows a volcano in Japan send smoke and ash thousands of metres into the air, forcing flights from a nearby airport to be cancelled.
Shinmoedake, which featured in 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, erupted today - the most powerful explosion in seven years.
The volcano, more than 600 miles from Toyko on the southern island of Kyushu, has been erupting on a smaller scale since last Thursday.
The entrance to Shinmoedake, which has a 1,421-metre peak, has been restricted since last week.
The video, although it isn't known where it was shot, captures the battles with Beast from the East and Storm Emma this week
Quincy Police share dramatic video of the flooding caused by 'bombogenesis' Winter Storm in Massachusetts.
The Nautilus submarine was able to capture close up footage of the Halitrephes maasi jelly which looks like an exploding firework.
A massive venomous spider capable of killing humans 15 minutes after a bite has been handed in at a reptile park.
The Australian Reptile Park said the huge arachnid, named Colossus, is the biggest male funnel web spider they've seen.
Colossus, said to measure between 7cm and 8cm in length, was dropped off at the wildlife sanctuary in Somersby, New South Wales, after being found in a back garden.
The park said the spider will now be "milked" for its venom to boost its anti-poison supplies.